Population Battle - Russia vs. Japan

Russia and Japan have both experienced falling populations due to low birth rates.
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Source: Wikipedia
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level 43
Jul 19, 2018
Japan has an ageing population, this is the most obvious reason why it is declining. Russia lost all the people who were part of the USSR but not in Russia and I suspect people might be relocating for family reasons etc.
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level 72
Jul 31, 2018
The dropoff in the early 1990s is not precipitous enough to account for the former USSR populations, which makes me believe that this is probably based on the population of Russia proper.
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level ∞
Aug 8, 2018
@APHill is correct
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level 77
Aug 28, 2018
Since they're both falling now what is the goal of this battle? To stay high by attracting more immigrants? Or first to reach zero population wins?
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level 62
Aug 28, 2018
The first to zero.
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level 62
Nov 27, 2018
You should make one of Canada vs Australia.